We now share some photos from Lijiang in Yunnan province in southern China.  The northwestern part of Yunnan Province is not very far from the eastern most part of Tibet. We wonder if the temple and monastery construction shown in some of these pics is not being done for the benefit of tourists.  Perhaps, these constructions are tourist replicas of actual temples and monasteries in Tibet that have been destroyed or are off limits to Western tourists.

As at Dali, picture taking inside the temples was either forbidden or discouraged.

Lijiang is at high elevation and has days with clear blue skies.


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Information about the monastery complex.


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From a distance, one sees the indications of continuing construction.


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Buses in the foreground.


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A street level view of a colorful temple or religious annex.


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Another street level view.  Note the clear blue sky.  (The pictures along the Yangtze were so laden with clouds or river fog or haze.)


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An information sign for visitors (in multiple languages) outside an entrance to a temple.


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Another street level scene while ascending to the monastery previously shown above.


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A zen moment for those open to it.  A waste container in a temporarily deserted area.


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Minutes later we have this view.


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And, the same view from several feet further on.


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Information for visitors.


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More information for visitors.


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A view from above looking down.


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Religious symbols.  Note the tourists at bottom that give some sense of scale to this edifice.


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Tibetan Tantric art is very colorful whether it is in tapestries, paintings, costumes, or sand mandalas.


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Descending now.


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Walking down the stone steps.


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A local stop for snacks.


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An unusual looking local fruit or vegetable.


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A small, possibly malnourished pig.


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Recycle and trash containers.  This is likely not from Lijiang but we show it here to finish our picture essay.


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As we are nearly finished with the pictures from China, we share this link to the first photographic essay of this assignment to China (posted when our photographer was still jet lagged after returning the day before from Asia) for the benefit of new readers.  It has some nice images.

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